With his illustrious stablemate, Little Bold John, scratched, Pulverizing scored a wire-to-wire victory yesterday in the featured Leading Trainer Purse at Timonium Race Course.
Pulverizing, with Freddy Castillo aboard, opened a length lead in the backstretch and pulled away through the stretch under Castillo's mild urging to beat the place horse, Creative Act, by four lengths. The 6-year-old horse covered the 1 1/8 miles over a sloppy track in 1 minute, 54 seconds.
John Robb, who won the trainer title for the fifth consecutive year at Timonium and is co-owner of Pulverizing with Arnold and Sylvia Heft, said: "I'm happy the old horse wasn't pushed too much. He ran a great race. Castillo's a fine young jockey."
Sylvia Heft said: "We scratched Little Bold John because we don't like to have he and Pulverizing running against each other. Last week, we scratched Pulverizing. Everything worked out perfectly in both races."
Robb finished with six winners on 15 mounts.
Timonium handle up
A total of $6,534,844 was bet during the 10-day meeting, which is an increase of 3.4 percent from last year. Last year, $6,321,802 was wagered at Timonium.
The attendance, which is estimated up 5.8 percent, is difficult to gauge because if you pay the price of admission, it entitles you to watch the races and also to visit the Maryland State Fair. Everyone who enters the fair grounds is a potential race-goer.
Castillo top jockey
Castillo won the Timonium riding title with 16 winners during the 10-day meeting.
Castillo, 18, a native of Santiago, Chile, who began riding at Philadelphia Park in December , had ridden at Philadelphia and at Garden State.
"This is my first riding championship, and I couldn't be happier," he said. "Next, I'm going to try Pimlico."
Castillo, who had three winners yesterday, defeated second-place Alberto Delgado, 16-10. Delgado had won the Timonium riding title the previous two years.
Castillo scored on Song Of The Eagles ($7) in the second race, on Musical Bride ($8.60) in the eighth race and on Pulverizing ($6.40) in the 10th race.
Apprentice jockey Charles Barthlow rode the first winner of his career, on Skater's Dream ($12.60) in the seventh race .
Pimlico to open
Pimlico Race Course will open a 20-day fall meeting Thursday that will run until Oct. 6. The feature on opening day will be the $50,000 Queen Empress Stakes.
The feature of the meeting will be Maryland Million Day, Sept. 26, which will offer $1,000,000 in purses for the 12 races. Pimlico Old Hilltop also will be the site of one of the National Pic-6 races, the $100,000 Columbia Stakes, on Saturday.